Wall street journal magazine knocked on designer and antiquarian axel vervoordt's door to share a few of his favorite objects. each piece has its own story to tell, like the smiling head he bought from a belgian collector and later sold to betty gertz in dallas, almost 40 years ago. Betty always said she was going to give it back to him, and just a week before the interview it found its way back home. Photography by me. In collaboration with quadriga.